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Supreme Court Ruling Is The New Congressional Money-Maker

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Ohio Treasurer of State-elect Josh Mandel, right, celebrates his win with his wife Ilana at the Ohio Republican Party celebration in Columbus, Ohio. Mandel has moved through his first year as a statewide officeholder with the ease of his generation. At 34, he spends much of his day on his cell phone. He pays keen attention to his Web presence, often attends state meetings remotely, and launches into brainstorms with aides during off hours. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

July 2, 2012
There's nothing quite like a controversial Supreme Court ruling to inspire fundraising pitches.

Last week's Supreme Court ruling that upheld the health care law's individual mandate has rallied lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as congressional campaign committees have launched new fundraising appeals.

Open Secrets notes that a number of Republican congressional candidates have used the ruling as campaign solicitation fodder. Josh Mandel, who is challenging Ohio's Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, sent an email asking supporters to contribute to his campaign that read "the only way to stop the federal government takeover of healthcare is to change the Senate and retire Sherrod Brown." And Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., sent an email asking for $15 donations, under the title "Help Me Repeal Obamacare."

A number of Republican candidates gunning for the Missouri Senate seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill have used the ruling to bolster their attacks and fundraising, the Associated Press reports:

Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman said the overhaul creates a "fundamentally socialist healthcare system" and promised to support repealing it. An Internet link for supporters to make donations was placed on a picture of Obama and McCaskill with the caption: "McCaskill stands with Obama and ObamaCare -- NOT Missouri."

But Democrats aren't sitting on their hands. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a plea within two hours of the ruling, soliciting $3 donations. Our colleagues at Hotline On Call also note that the DCCC is launching robocalls criticizing nine Republican incumbents and one candidate on the issue of health care, including California Republicans Reps. David Lungren and Mary Bono Mack and New York Republicans Reps. Nan Hayworth, Chris Gibson and Anne Marie Buerkle.

Know of other health care ruling-focused fundraising pleas? Let us know.

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